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Donald Trump's past advice to negotiators is a cause for concern as he prepares for a possible summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photograph by Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg / Getty. For years, a story circulated in Washington about Donald Trump's attempt to nab a job leading nuclear ...
To blur the boundaries even more, Miles litters the novel with references to passages from real-world books, Pew statistics, Gallup polls about religiosity in Mississippi, and a quote from a George Packer piece in The New Yorker describing the summer of 2014 as “an anxious and depressing muddle.

In downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday, more than a thousand students congregated as part of a nationwide protest to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting. Photograph by Annie Tritt / NYT / Redux. On a snowy day in mid-January, Sarah DeSouza was sitting in class at the Packer Collegiate ...
Kim Jong Un has everything to gain from the stature that comes from a summit with the world's leading superpower. Photograph by STR / AFP / Getty. In a breathtaking gambit that surprised his closest advisers, President Trump, almost impulsively, accepted an invitation on Thursday to meet the North ...
A memorial now sits along the fence in front of the school: seventeen wooden crosses, with flowers, stuffed animals, banners, candles, and signs around them. Photograph by Joe Raedle / Getty. Sarah Lerner, who's thirty-seven, teaches Senior English and Introduction to Journalism at Marjory Stoneman ...
In George Packer's The Unwinding (2014), no place earns a less flattering portrayal than Florida — Tampa, to be more specific. The Gulf Coast city earns its own chapter titles to go along with other representative types demonstrating the breakdown of structures that had formerly propped up the American ...

Amazon is “something radically new in the history of American business,” New Yorker writer George Packer has observed. But it's not without antecedents. In the 19th century, men like Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller harnessed a disruptive new technology—the railroad—and used the control ...
Journalist George Packer laments the erosion of “middle-class democracy” (“Identity, Politics and Distrust,” 1/18). The fairness and balance we've lost since the New Deal is heartbreaking. He suggests expanding civics education, which could help. However, we can't wait for today's young people to take ...
In The Fight Is for Democracy (2003), George Packer argued that a 'vibrant, hardheaded liberalism' could use the American military to promote its values. The subtitle of The Good Fight (2006) by Peter Beinart, the then editor of the New Republic, insisted 'Why Liberals – and Only Liberals – Can Win the ...
When George Packer started researching for his new book, the economy had collapsed and President Barack Obama was newly elected. Packer thought he would write about Obama as the next Franklin Roosevelt, turning the country in a new direction after a period of reaction. He soon discovered a very ...
“American Identity in the Age of Trump” is the topic in Oregon Humanities Center's next lecture in their “We the People” series. It will be given by journalist, novelist and playwright George Packer, whose latest book is The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America--a New York Times Bestseller and ...
In 2012, journalist George Packer published The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, in which he documents the stories of Americans in various U.S. regions over the last three decades and the results of changes in culture, politics and economics. Packer describes modern American identity as ...
The Oregon Humanities Center will continue its exploration of the theme “We the People” this winter with American journalist George Packer. Packer will present lectures on the topic of “American Identity in the Age of Trump” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Room 182, Lillis Hall at the UO and at 7:30 p.m. Jan.
There's a lot to admire in Ta-Nehisi Coates's new essay. It's one of those pieces that grabs you with its first paragraph and never lets go. The argument keeps gathering force, building on the striking imagery (“Trump cracked the glowing amulet open”) and the caustic scouring of the polemics (opioids are ...
... George Packer, staff writer for same; Bill Keller, former editor and columnist of the New York Times; Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist; Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor for The Washington Post; Jacob Weisberg, former Slate editor-in-chief and current Slate Group editor-in-chief; and Ezra Klein, ...
The architect Frank Gehry has never designed a prison, except for the concert hall that the town of Springfield subsequently converted to a state prison in an episode of “The Simpsons.” Fox. “I've personally spent only one night in jail,” Frank Gehry confessed. “I didn't like it very much.” Gehry, eighty-eight ...
Q: George Packer was quoted in The New Yorker and The Atlantic that an estimated 8.5 million Americans voted for Obama (in 2012) and then voted for Trump in (2016). Can this number be verified, as this would be the electoral difference? — Don White, Atlanta. A: Rasmussen Reports, a nonpartisan ...

Coates is at his best when he confronts the shortcomings of his progressives peers like Mark Lilla and George Packer who do not consider the possibility of intricate motives fueling voting blocs. Packer “offers no opinion polls to weigh white workers' views on 'elites,' much less their views on racism,” Coates ...
There's a lot to admire in Ta-Nehisi Coates's new essay. It's one of those pieces that grabs you with its first paragraph and never lets go. The argument keeps gathering force, building on the striking imagery (“Trump cracked the glowing amulet open”) and the caustic scouring of the polemics (opioids are ...
America has always been a divided, sprawling country, but for most of its history it was held together by a unifying national story. As I noted a couple of months ago, it was an Exodus story. It was the story of leaving the oppressions of the Old World, venturing into a wilderness and creating a new promised ...
George Packer set about writing his National Book Award-winning book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America during a tempestuous time in American history. It was 2008. The war in Iraq was in full swing. A historic American election had brought Barack Obama to the White House and the ...
By George Packer. Illustration by Tom Bachtell. Section 4 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution allows for the removal of a President who can no longer discharge his duties but is unable or unwilling to say so. It empowers the Vice-President, along with “a majority of either the principal officers of ...
David Remnick sat down with the New Yorker staff writers Amy Davidson and George Packer to deconstruct Trump's victory and to imagine what his Presidency will bring. Packer is the author of “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” which explores the growing class divisions that fuelled ...
Hillary Clinton and the Populist Revolt. The Democrats lost the white working class. The Republicans exploited it. Can Clinton win it back? By George Packer. Democrats can reclaim the “economic mantle,” Clinton said, adding, “I want to really marry the public and the private sector.” Photograph by Philip ...
Last week, Donald Trump became the leader of the Republican Party. He thrashed his way to this summit by understanding what many intelligent people utterly failed to see: the decline of American institutions and mores, from Wall Street and the Senate to cable news and the Twitterverse, made the ...
... Paul Krugman columns, and magazine pieces by such gifted writers like George Packer and David Remnick had not already richly conveyed.
In The Unwinding, George Packer delves into the financial narrative of past three decades by sorting through the lives of several distinctly ...
A November 2015 analysis by The New Yorker's George Packer described the anxiety that the Republican establishment, starting with The ...
The New Yorker's George Packer explained how the “potent brew of right-wing passions, much of it well organized and well funded—Bircher ...
George Packer's response at The Atlantic. See them squabbling to keep the Democrats a minority party, fueling factionalism so that the 1% can ...
And certainly I can think of individual beacons of intellectual honesty today: George Packer, Tyler Cowen, Scott Alexander and Caitlin Flanagan ...
As George Packer recently noted, “we live in a time of total vindication, when complication and concession are considered weaknesses, and ...
And certainly I can think of individual beacons of intellectual honesty today: George Packer, Tyler Cowen, Scott Alexander and Caitlin Flanagan ...
And certainly I can think of individual beacons of intellectual honesty today: George Packer, Tyler Cowen, Scott Alexander and Caitlin Flanagan ...
And certainly I can think of individual beacons of intellectual honesty today: George Packer, Tyler Cowen, Scott Alexander and Caitlin Flanagan ...
I recall a lunch in early 2006 with a journalist, George Packer, who had just returned from Iraq. A colleague and I, already worried about the ...
“White tribalism haunts even more nuanced writers,” he argues, training his sights on The New Yorker's George Packer. This was an incredible ...
... leave out anything that complicates the thesis,” writes The New Yorker's George Packer in a letter to The Atlantic, after Coates had criticized a ...
The Atlantic ran an excerpt; conservatives went on the attack; George Packer, a highly-regarded and left-leaning journalist who got caught in ...
Coates is at his best when he confronts the shortcomings of his progressives peers like Mark Lilla and George Packer who do not consider the ...
I know some of your writers like George Packer have weighed in on this subject. Ta-Nehisi Coates has a big essay in the Atlantic about this.
(George Packer wrote a revealing Profile of Merkel for the magazine, in 2014, as did Jane Kramer, in 2005.) Helmut Kohl—the only Chancellor ...
There's a lot to admire in Ta-Nehisi Coates's new essay. It's one of those pieces that grabs you with its first paragraph and never lets go.
After a month in office, he has already proved himself unable to discharge his duties. But the only people with real leverage over him won't use ...
This misperception grips even thoughtful, enlightened writers like Nicholas Kristof and George Packer, Coates writes, and he suggests that the ...
George Packer, author and New Yorker staff writer, spoke in the Riggs Library on Oct. 19. His talk, “How America Came Unwound,” marked the ...
(George Packer's definitive New Yorker profile is a gold mine of insight into this extraordinary woman.) As a woman, a scientist (quantum ...
As George Packer, quoting the German columnist Georg Diez, wrote in the best profile of her to date, she “took the politics out of politics.
The passage of the essay about George Packer, in which Coates dismisses efforts at identifying extra-racial causes for Trump's rise as "empty ...
What struck me though is the three voices Coates chose as the focus of his critique: Nick Kristof, George Packer and Mark Lilla. Lilla strikes me ...


 

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